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Steve Sabol is the co-founder of NFL Films and the executive producer of Hard Knocks.
There might be a preconceived notion that the team that stars on Hard Knocks struggles that season. That is not true at all. Let's look back.
2001, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens came off of a Super Bowl victory and finished the 2001 season 10-6 with a loss in the Divisional round to the Steelers.
2002, Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys did not do well as they finished 5-11. However, Emmitt Smith shattered the record for rushing yards in a career that season.
2007, Kansas City Chiefs: During the revival year for Hard Knocks, the Chiefs ran into a brick wall with a nine-game losing streak, finishing at 4-12.
2008, Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys were expected to win the Super Bowl that year, but could not even make the playoffs, falling to 9-7.
2009, Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals won the AFC North with a 10-6 record and lost in the Wild Card round to the Jets.
2010, New York Jets: The New York Jets went 11-5 and drilled their way to the AFC Championship game as they lost to the Steelers.
With that said, among the teams who were featured on Hard Knocks, two of them finished below .500. Four of these teams finished over .500 with three of them reaching the playoffs.
So before we confuse the Hard Knocks "curse" with the Madden curse, let's understand the fact that there is no curse.
Hard Knocks gives fans a chance to look at the inside life of an NFL team during training camp. Football fans who have HBO enjoy the program and would love to see their team be featured.
For the Chiefs, they have some nice story lines that can be expressed through Liev Schreiber's voice.